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Ngāi Tahu Waitangi Treaty Commemoration

6 February, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ngāi Tahu Treaty Festival 2021 is being hosted by Awarua Rūnaka at Te Rau Aroha Marae in Awarua.

Haere mai, nau mai, tauti mai! Everyone is welcome.

This year’s theme, wai, acknowledges the importance of freshwater to our iwi and te ao tūroa.

There will be a pōwhiri at 10.00am followed by kōrero from speakers covering a range of topics related to the festival kaupapa. Lunch will be provided for all attendees. There will be a virtual reality marae experience, an ANZAC exhibition, and ‘Ata Whenua’, an unforgettable journey through Fiordland, one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth, narrated by Tā Tipene O’Regan, among other attractions. The day is expected to wind down around 4.00pm.

If you are unable to attend, a video highlights package will be available on the website following the event.

Hei reira e hika mā!


Full programme for the day

BY 9.45am Gather at marae gates
10:00am Pōwhiri
11:00am Opening remarks Michael Stevens
11:05am Refreshments
11:30am MC welcome and event schedule
11:35am A Long Time Coming panel discussion with Dr Martin Fisher, Dr Te Maire Tau, Emeritus Professor David Williams, and Tā Tipene O’Regan
12:00pm Freshwater presentation by Te Maire Tau, Te Kura Taka Pini
12:30pm Lunch
13:25pm MC remarks to regather attendees
13:30pm Keynote addresses from Commodore Melissa Ross, on behalf of the Governor General of New Zealand, and Michael Stevens, Awarua Rūnanga
14:30pm Section 4 presentation by James Brown, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki
15:00pm Regenerate Murihiku discussion with Tā Tipene O’Regan, Terry Nicholas, Michael Skerrett, Aimee Kaio
15:35pm Bus trip to Waituna Lagoon (optional)
17:15pm Ka mutu